Another Texas soldier on border dies in accidental shooting

A Texas National Guard soldier assigned to secure the U.S.-Mexico border was killed by a fellow soldier in an accidental shooting with his personal weapon Monday, Army Times has learned.

The servicemember — whose identity Army Times is withholding pending notification of his family — is the second Texas soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star to die in an accidental shooting since January, when a soldier accidentally killed himself on New Year’s Day.

He’s the sixth soldier linked to the mission to die since October, though four of those deaths were suicides.

According to documents obtained by Army Times, the soldier was sitting in the front seat of a parked car at Fort Clark Springs near Brackettville, Texas, where the unit was doing swim training, when he handed his handgun to a soldier sitting behind him.

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